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Re: Trouble locating african ancestors


I found your message interesting, because I am half Finnish and also tested with a percentage of Sub-Saharan African. My Ancestry by DNA showed 85% European, 5% Sub-Sah. African, 5% East Asian, and 5% Native Amer. My other half is Irish with some Scottish, Native American, and possibly a little English.

Your mother's East Asian results may come from her Finnish ancestry. Finns have some Siberian DNA, and that's where I think my East Asian percentage probably comes from. On the other hand, the Ancestry by DNA tests have trouble distinguishing between Nat. Amer. and East Asian ancestry, so I may actually have 10% Nat. Am. or 10% East Asian.

My family does not have any oral history of African ancestry, so I too have no idea (yet) who my African ancestors were. Recent generations of my family lived in New England and were working-class or poor, so I don't think there were any links to plantations. Marriages between Native Americans and Africans were common in New England, so there may have been such a marriage in my family tree, and then intermarriage with whites.

I'm working on researching my ancestors but so far I've had the same experience as you. According to the records, everybody is "white" or just not identified by race.

I hope you will keep us informed of your progress in genealogical research, and I will post my discoveries.
Best of luck, Judy

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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